banner
Duke

Duke completes sweep at VT with 2-0 shutout

Posted April 20

Duke Logo

— Sophomore Michael Matuella shut out Virginia Tech for 8.2 innings to lead the Duke baseball team to a 2-0 victory over the Hokies Sunday afternoon at English Field. The win gives Duke its third ACC sweep of the season and first on the road.

Matuella (1-1) scattered four hits and struck out seven in the longest outing of his young career. Senior Robert Huber came on for the final out, getting the Hokies’ Kyle Wernikci to pop out to short for his seventh save on the year.

“Just an unbelievable outing,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “[Matuella] did a really good job of pitching off of his fastball. [He] had heavy sink. There was a point in the game where [Virginia Tech] expected fastball and tried to be aggressive to it, and it was still a hard pitch for them to handle. That’s just a sign how good that pitch is for him.”

Senior David Perkins and redshirt junior Aaron Cohn provided the offense for the Blue Devils with Perkins notching a sacrifice fly in the second and Cohn laying down a sacrifice bunt on a squeeze play in the sixth.

Duke (24-17, 12-9 ACC) totaled seven hits with sophomore Kenny Koplove registering a pair of singles for his sixth multiple hit game of the season. Junior Andy Perez reached base in two of his four plate appearances, singling and scoring in the sixth after drawing a walk in the first. Redshirt junior Chris Marconcini walked twice and tripled in the eighth, while redshirt senior Ryan Deitrich also added a triple.

Duke nearly doubled its advantage in the ninth as senior Mark Lumpa drilled a pitched to the gap with runners at the corners. However, Hokie right fielder Wernicki was able to make the spectacular diving grab to keep the margin at 2-0.

“We did a good job of our situational hitting in the second,” Pollard said. “Perkins does what he needs to do right there to score the run. Great job by Cohn executing the safety squeeze. I thought we had other opportunities and hit the ball hard. Wernicki made an unbelievable play on that ball Lumpa hit to right. We could’ve pushed a couple more across. But credit [Virginia Tech], they made some good defensive plays. I thought both teams pitched great and played tremendous defense. We were opportunistic in a couple chances.”

Virginia Tech (18-20-1, 7-14 ACC) threatened early after leadoff hitter Saige Jenco bounced Matuella’s first pitch of the game over the mound for a base hit. Jenco stole second and advanced to third on a Sean Keselica groundball. Mark Zagunis sent a high chopper to third which Jordan Betts snared and then threw out Jenco at the plate to keep the game scoreless.

Marconcini drew the four-pitch walk to start off the second and Cohn lined a double to right for Duke’s first hit of the game. Perkins then stepped to the plate and gave the Blue Devils the early 1-0 advantage with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, his sixth RBI of the season.

Duke padded its lead on a squeeze play in the sixth as Cohn laid down the bunt for his 17th RBI of the season. Cohn’s bunt down the first base line scored Perez, who led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Betts’ grounder before taking third on a wild pitch.

With the 2-0 lead in hand, Matuella retired eight of the final 11 batters he faced to keep the shutout intact in the ninth before giving way to Huber.

Duke hosts UNC Greensboro Tuesday, April 22 at Jack Coombs Field before traveling to Wake Forest April 25-27.

3 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Newest First
View all
  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Apr 21, 9:07 a.m.

    Duke is having a really good season, and Pollard is doing a terrific job coaching his team.

  • mike honcho Apr 21, 12:36 p.m.

    Coach Pollard was an excellent choice for Duke, he has his team playing at a very high level right now, keep it up boys.

    GO DEVILS!

  • vt94hokies Apr 21, 8:43 p.m.

    VT has a long way to go. Weak program.

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
 
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
 
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
 
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
 
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
 
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
3rd
UCF 27
TEMPL 14
 
2nd
WASU 16
ARZ 31
 
2nd
CLEM 0
SYR 3
 
2nd
LAMON 3
TXST 0
 
1st
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 14
 
1st
COLST 10
WYO 0
 
1st
LSU 0
MISS 0
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 0
 
1st
AUB 0
SCAR 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
1st
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
1st
NYI 1
DAL 1
 
1st
PHI 0
DET 1
 
1st
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
1st
MON 1
NYR 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14